COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes are set to play their final non-conference competition this weekend as they host James Madison on Friday (4 p.m.) and travel to Kent State on Sunday (noon).
OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
The Buckeyes are headed into the weekend riding a two-game win streak. Last Friday, Ohio State defeated the then-ranked No. 12 Northwestern Wildcats, 2-1, in Evanston for their fourth win over a higher ranked opponent this season. The team then traveled back to Columbus to take on the Ohio Bobcats on Sunday, defeating the in-state foe, 5-2. Genevieve Penzone and Emma Goldean each recorded their first goal of their careers over the weekend. Sammy Stone recorded an assist against Northwestern and two goals against Ohio, putting her at second on the team in assists and third in goals with five. The game against Ohio was the first time that Stone recorded more than one goal in a single game.
KNOW THY OPPONENT
The James Madison Dukes are 4-7 on the season, having most recently defeated Drexel last Sunday. The Dukes put up four goals on the Dragons in the first half alone and went on to score a season-high six goals to take down Drexel, 6-2. Lindsay Gippe and Rachel Yeager both scored two goals in the victory. Gippe leads the team with five goals on the season. Caitlin Nelson has starting in 10 of the team’s 11 games this season, recording a .682 save percentage.
The Dukes stand in fourth in the CAA with a 1-1 record in conference play. Ohio State and James Madison have met 13 times leading into Friday’s game. The Buckeyes are 4-8-1 against the Dukes in series history. The two teams have not met since 2011 when the Buckeyes picked up a 2-0 win over James Madison.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are 4-9 on the season and went 2-0 this past weekend, picking up wins over Longwood and Central Michigan to end a four game losing streak. On the weekend, Hailie Balachick and Jessica Apelt scored two goals apiece. Clara Rodruguiz Setó leads the team with five goals on the season. Mary Crumlish has started all of the Golden Flashes’ games this season in goal, recording 65 saves for a save percentage of .659.
The Buckeyes are 23-8 against the Golden Flashes all-time. In last season’s matchup, Ohio State fell to Kent State, 2-1.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
OHIO STATE’S RECORD WHEN…
In the Week 6 edition of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes are tabbed at No. 22, a three spot jump from last week. The team’s highest ranking this season is No. 22, which the team reached for the first time this season during the Week 2 edition of the poll.
NOTING THE 2018 SCHEDULE
The Buckeyes’ 2018 season features 10 home games and will play four opponents who made it to the quarter finals of the 2017 NCAA tournament. Ohio State will play nine opponents who were ranked in the preseason Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll. Today marks the team’s second to last home game of the 2018 season.
BUCKEYES IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
The Buckeyes have played eight non-conference games so far this season, with the latest being a 5-2 victory over the Ohio Bobcats. The Buckeyes are 5-3 against non-conference opponents this season, going 3-2 at home, 2-0 on the road, and 0-1 at neutral sites.
Ohio State will play its final two games of the regular season next weekend, as the team hosts Michigan State on Oct. 19 (3 p.m.) and plays No. 7 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 21 (noon). The game at Michigan will be broadcast on BTN ($).